El Rey Inn

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El Rey Inn
Room 40 at the El Rey Inn, Santa Fe NM.jpg
Room 40 at the El Rey Inn
General information
LocationSanta Fe, New Mexico
Address1862 Cerrillos Road
Coordinates35°39′52″N 105°58′24″W / 35.66443°N 105.97346°W / 35.66443; -105.97346
OwnerTerrell White
Other information
Number of rooms86 (originally 12)

El Rey Inn is located at 1862 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This inn spans 5 acres and is located near what used to be Route 66. The property includes traditional adobe style buildings surrounded by gardens.[1]


When El Rey Inn was opened in 1936, it was named El Rey Court and had 12 rooms.[1] The hotel was built in traditional Northern New Mexico adobe style. The hotel's developer was also responsible for constructing another hotel named El Vado[2] which is located an hour south in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Although these two hotels were built by the same developer, they have never shared the same owner.[1]

In 1936, both of these properties were located on the original U.S. Route 66. In 1937 the New Mexico State Legislature removed the US 66 designation from the original 1926 road through Santa Fe, sending traffic onto a bypass road (constructed in Arthur T. Hannett's final days as state governor) which ran as a straight line from Santa Rosa to Albuquerque.[3] This would shorten US 66 by ninety miles but removed the state capital from the route entirely. Ultimately, Interstate 40 construction would also bypass Santa Fe.

During the 1950s, El Rey began a planned expansion in which the owner added rooms and enclosed the carports to become rooms for guests.[1] A swimming pool was constructed in the 1950s which helped El Rey compete with newer hotels that were being constructed in Santa Fe.

In 1973, current owner Terrell White purchased El Rey Inn, then 38 rooms on three dusty acres, for $550,000.[4] He faced the tourism and travel challenges posed by the 1973 oil crisis and he also began the expensive and time-consuming project of replacing all of the hotel's old gas and sewer pipes.

New rooms were added to the hotel in 1977, 1980 and 1983[1] A lucrative profit-sharing plan made investments on behalf of the inn's longtime workers.[4] In 1993, White constructed the two-story, 10-room Spanish Colonial courtyard. This addition was influenced by the style and architecture of inns in France. In the 1990s the hotel became known as El Rey Inn rather than El Rey Court.[1]

Another round of expansion began in 1994 when the Whites purchased a neighboring property (the Alamo Lodge). This expansion resulted in the construction of 21 new rooms. This latest addition to the hotel includes walkways flanked by gardens, a sauna, and a whirpool with a handcrafted fireplace (add reference). During 2005, one of these courtyards became "El Agua" which functioned as a fitness room for guests of the hotel.

El Rey Inn currently has 86 rooms and suites. According to Fodor's, each room is unique, and is decorated with Southwestern furniture as well as antiques.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "A Brief History". El Rey Inn. Retrieved 12 February 2012.
  2. ^ "El Vado Auto Court Motel -Route 66: A Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary". US National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  3. ^ Quinta Scott (2001-12-01). Along Route 66. p. 182. ISBN 9780806133836. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  4. ^ a b http://money.cnn.com/2014/07/31/smallbusiness/el-rey-inn-santa-fe/index.html
  5. ^ "El Rey Inn". Fodor's. Retrieved 12 February 2012.

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Coordinates: 35°39′51″N 105°58′25″W / 35.66417°N 105.97361°W / 35.66417; -105.97361